Can I apply Valpo-TCL credits toward a Master’s Degree at Valpo?
Yes, through a special program for teachers and educators that have taken TCL (The Connecting Link) coursework and received Valparaiso University credit, we allow some credits of Valpo-TCL courses to count towards a Master's degree program (amount to be determined). Available programs include the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree with an Individualized concentration, the Master of Arts in English Studies & Communication (ESC) degree, and the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership (MEd-INLD) degree. The credits may be used toward either the concentration or the elective requirements (see below for program requirements).
What are the benefits of applying Valpo-TCL credits toward Valpo’s Master's degree?
Not only can you complete a portion of a Master's degree through highly relevant online coursework taught by educators like you, but you save up to $6,360, depending on the number of credits transferred to a Master's degree program. With competitive tuition of $530 per credit hour, teachers can complete a Master's degree for less than $17,000. Depending on the teacher's school district, Master's degrees may be used to add a content area to a current teaching license or may lead to merit salary increases.
What are the program requirements?
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program requires completion of 36 credits, distributed as follows:
• 4 liberal studies (MALS) seminars (12 credits)
• An Individualized concentration (15 credits)
• Electives (9 credits)
You may apply Valpo-TCL coursework towards either the concentration or elective categories, or both. Students may also opt to complete an existing concentration, including English, History and Theology, but should consult the MALS program advisor to determine whether credits are transferable.
The Master of Arts-English Studies & Communication degree program requires completion of 37 credits, distributed as follows:
• 2 liberal studies seminars (6 credits)
• Concentration coursework (25 credits)
• Electives (6 credits)
TCL credits may be used towards the elective category.
How could I complete the remainder of the MALS degree?
And the MEd-Instructional Leadership degree requires at least 33 credits, distributed as follows:
• Core Foundation (21 credits)
• Elective (3 credits)
• Specialty concentration (12 credits)
TCL credits may be used towards the elective or specialty category. If TCL credits are to be used towards the specialty concentration category, credits must be relevant to the area of study and must be approved by the program's academic advisor.